The Humpty Dumpty PC

This has been making the rounds on Twitter (the picture was first posted on the Facebook page of W&CIE): It’s a powerful image, and accurate. Interestingly, though, the iPad and other appliance-like devices have actually had the opposite effect on non-mobile-phone computing. Many of the activities one used to do on a general-purpose personal computer […]

Thorsten Heins Is Not an Idiot, But He May Be a Fool

Thorsten Heins, in an interview with Bloomberg: “In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore,” Heins said in an interview yesterday at the Milken Institute conference in Los Angeles. “Maybe a big screen in your workspace, but not a tablet as such. Tablets themselves are not a good […]

A Common Thread

Asymco: The Windows PC market is contracting. The market data has been showing unit shipment declining for some time with the latest quarter having perhaps the steepest decline for two decades. What remains undocumented however is how the market looks when considering economic value. A more complete picture would be to show revenues, average selling […]

Mobile’s Hierarchy of Needs

Three seemingly disparate news items – Facebook Home, Google’s alleged (and denied) bid for WhatsApp, and Apple’s removal of AppGratis from the App Store – together give convincing evidence that we are moving up the mobile hierarchy of needs. And that’s a concern for Apple in particular. One of the more famous theory’s in psychology […]


Benedict Evans: From 2007 to 2012 annual handset sales grew from 1.1bn units to 1.7bn units. This was, obviously enough, driven by an expansion in the number of ‘human’ mobile phone users from 2.1bn to 3.2bn (the number of total connections was much higher). Almost all of the growth in subscribers and hence in handset […]

Computer or Phone?

This was originally posted on my old, defunct Tumblr Classic Rands: It’s clichéd, but a nerd is defined by his computer, and you need to understand why. First, a majority of the folks on the planet either have no idea how a computer works or they look at it and think “it’s magic”. Nerds know […]

That Internet Revolution? It’s Not Here…Yet

This was originally posted on my old, defunct Tumblr The Internet will change everything. Not did, will. That’s what is going to make the next few years so interesting, and so pivotal. Mentioned this to a friend today who gets it. And, well, he got it. You can see that with the iPhone maps application. […]